Antenna Controllers

Discontinued.
(For beacon receivers and antenna control units, please see www.RadeusLabs.com.)

The ATX-3000 Antenna Tracking Controller is a user-friendly, microprocessor-based, intelligent system to reliably track inclined-orbit satellites or for use as a positioner for geosynchronous satellites — with memory for up to 99 satellites.

The ATX-3000 antenna tracking controller

  • SINGLE POINT CALIBRATION for fast setup!
  • Fully programmable positioner with memory for up to 99 satellites.
  • Peaking and history track algorithms. Tighter peaks, less loss, improved performance.
  • Full remote control — control your antenna’s position from anywhere in the world!
  • Foul-weather mode — improved performance during Wx events.
  • Automatic calibration for true azimuth and elevation, displayed in 0.01 degrees.
  • High resolution brushless resolvers for position feedback.
  • RS-232/422/485 and Ethernet control interfaces standard/front-panel selectable.
  • M&C monitor-interface software with event-triggered alarm features and email notifications to your laptop, cell phone, or PDA.
  • AC and DC configurations available. Ask about our newly revamped DC configurations.

Also see: data sheets.

Multiple Peaking and history track algorithm set

Multiple user-selectable peaking/history track algorithms. SSC has introduced our best peaking algorithm ever! With our newest peaking algorithm the ATX 3000 delivers maximum performance with minimal signal loss.

Foul weather feature — FWx

Don’t let rain fade and controller performance ruin your link! Our latest foul-weather feature allows a user to either locally or remotely select our new FWx — foul-weather feature mode. When bad weather is approaching or has arrived, the user can select foul-weather mode feature. With our new proprietary FWx, the tracker delivers maximum performance and signal during bad weather. The user can select the duration of the FWx based on weather conditions.

Remote operation — from anywhere

Full remote control for your antenna controller with our latest monitor-and-control software. Remote operation of multiple antennas — correct the antenna position without having to travel to the site.*

*SSC recommends that any remote antenna move be monitored by personnel at the antenna site to ensure safety to life and property.

AC and DC solutions

Multiple AC and DC solutions available, please contact the factory for your application.


GUI control for antenna control product line

Enhanced control features allow for remote control of your antenna. Additional monitoring tools are included, such as strip charting for signal strength, Azimuth & Elevation movement. Version 2.0 also includes a new event-triggered alarm feature that allows for email notification to your laptop/cell phone or PDA. Alarms are triggered via signal strength, loss of signal, and other conditions. New logging-to-file feature allows for analysis of controller events. Easily imported to Excel. Revolving log-file-saving feature automatically closes the file and starts a new file once per day for archiving and date-stamping purposes.

Precision position feedback


AC or DC motor configurations

Email alerts to your cell, email, PDA

Ball-screw DC actuators with integrated encoder and limit switches

Compact ADU, easy mounting

Space-saving 1 RU ACU

Monitor & control interface

Positioning Methods

Designate Automatically moves the antenna in each axis to one of 99 pre-stored satellite positions.
Direct AZ/EL Automatically moves the antenna in each axis to the coordinates entered via the front panel.
Jog Manually moves the antenna in each axis in response to front panel controls.
Peak Performs a peaking algorithm on the current target.
Step Track Automatically performs peaking algorithm in response to input signal level decreasing below a programmable minimum.
History Track Automatically moves the antenna in each axis along a sidereal time-tagged path.
(History track is often referred to as Memory track or Program track)
External Moves the antenna in each axis in response to commands received through the serial port.

Performance

Accuracy Antenna pointing accuracy within ten percent of the 3dB beamwidth.
Tracking Resolution > 0.05 degrees with properly specified position sensor.

Interfaces

Reference Accepts input of linear, analog signal reference from 0 – 20 VDC. Internal op amp circuit provides pre-scaling of gain and slope of tracking reference signal. Final scaling is provided through software.
M&C Accepts RS-232 / RS-485 (4-wire) data / Ethernet via RJ 45 10/100 Base T for remote monitor and control of all controller functions. SatSysCorp ATX monitor / control software suite is included.
Front Panel Large Graphic VFD displays antenna position, signal level and operating mode. Keypad provided for user inputs.
Motor Control The rack mounted microprocessor controller is linked to any of SSC’s motor control options by serial interface cable.
Prime Power (ACU) 90 – 260 VAC, 47 – 63 Hz, single-phase, auto sensing, 65 watts maximum

Monitor and Control Software
for ATX 3000 Antenna Controller

Event-triggered alarms
Any alarm conditions can be sent to the user via email to your cell phone. Events can be triggered via signal strength; AZ, EL, & POL movements; communication errors; and other threshold parameters. Easy-to-use email control. Email multiple users, multiple alarm parameters.
Antenna position and parameter control feature set.
Large, easy-to-read signal strength panel.
Status monitor
The status monitor panel allows for immediate real time data of your systems status.
Strip-chart utility
Strip-charting allows recording signal strength and AZ & EL motor movements. Events are presented on time-based event chart. Supports exporting tab-delimited files that can be imported into a spreadsheet program. The log files can be automatically saved and restarted on a daily basis for later review of tracking performance.
Revolving log-file saving
Allows user to automatically back up log files for later analysis of controller events. Easily imported to Excel or other spreadsheet programs.

Antenna Drive Units for AC Motors

Solid-state variable frequency three-phase AC motor controllers with microprocessor motor speed management. Also see: remote spectrum analyzers
Static braking with torque at 150% of rated motor torque.
Variable speed control 0 to 60 Hz with constant torque.
Low-frequency voltage boost 150% starting torque under 20% speed.
Local jog control and emergency stop switch are provided at the ADU.
Optional handheld remote jog control is available.
HP options: 1 – 10 HP*

*Higher-HP options available, please contact the factory.

AC System Standard Dimensions

ACU: 1 RU, 19″ x 18.5″ x 1.75″
ADU: Dual axis 3 phase AC motor control unit is a NEMA-4 outdoor enclosure 16″W x 20″H x 9″D. Some configurations may require a larger enclosure.

Inter-connections

Local AC mains is required at the ADU.
A two-conductor, 20-gauge, shielded cable from the ADU to indoor ACU interface is required.
Required limit switches connect to ADU.
Extra emergency-stop switches may connect to ADU.
High-resolution optical position encoders or absolute, brushless resolvers mount directly on antenna AZ and EL pivot axis.

Antenna Drive Units for DC Motors

DC Motor jacks provided by SSC in 12″ – 48″ stroke lengths. Built-in encoder feedback. 24/36 VDC, integrated limit switches. (DC systems jacks quoted separately.)

DC System Standard Dimensions

ACU: 1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″
ADU: 1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″ (Enclosure solution also available, please contact factory.)

Options

Motors, gear reducers, jack screws, limit switches, emergency-stop switches, umbilical control.

Beacon Receivers

Designed to work in concert with SSC Model 3430/3434 line of beacon-tracking receivers.

Remote Spectrum Monitoring

Our ATX 3000 is designed to interface perfectly with the DTi Remote Carrier Monitor. Great for antenna control/pointing, beacon monitoring/analysis, and signal monitoring.

Browse this website for additional equipment, including:

  • upconverters,
  • downconverters,
  • redundancy switches & RF switches.

Part-Numbering Information

Step 1.

Choose your ACU configuration from the following table.
Example: ACU3000 – A-C2-E0

ACU3000

AC or DC system Feedback POL option
AC system
A
Resolver
C2
No POL
E0
OR OR OR
DC system
D
Encoder
C3
Pol Motor Only
E1
OR
Resolver Feedback
E2
OR
Encoder Feedback
E3
OR
POT feedback*
E4

*POT can be used with encoder or resolver sensor.

Step 2.

Please choose your ADU configuration from the following table.
Example: ADU3000 – F22-F22-PO-HO

Two voltage configuration options (must be specified at time of order):

• 220 – 240 Volts, 47 – 63 Hz single- or three-phase prime power, 220 – 240 Volts three-phase motors.

…or…

• 380 – 460 Volts, 47 – 63 Hz single- or three-phase prime power, 380 – 460 Volts three-phase motors.

A single-phase 90 – 260 VAC, 47 – 63 Hz, 45 watts maximum is also required for outdoor controls.

AC ADU3000

Prime Power at Antenna AZ hpower EL hpower POL hpower Electric brakes
208 – 240 Volts, 3-phase
D
240 Volt, 1 HP
D11
240 Volt, 1 HP
D11
No POL MTR
P0
No
H0
OR
OR
OR
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts, 3-phase
F
240 Volt, 2 HP
D12
240 Volt, 2 HP
D12
24 VDC
P1
24 VDC
H1
OR
OR
OR
OR
240 Volt 3, HP
D13
240 Volt, 3 HP
D13
220 VAC
P2
220 VAC
H2
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
1 HP
F21
380 – 480 Volts
1 HP
F21
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts, 2 HP
F22
380 – 480 Volts, 2 HP
F22
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
3 HP
F23
380 – 480 Volts
3 HP
F23
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts, 4 HP
F24
380 – 480 Volts, 4 HP
F24
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts, 5 HP
F25
380 – 480 Volts, 5 HP
F25
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts, 7 HP
F27
380 – 480 Volts, 7 HP
F27
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts, 10 HP
F30
380 – 480 Volts, 10 HP
F30

Step 3.

Please choose your DC ACU configuration from the following table.
Example: ADU3000 – F24-Q36- F24-Q36-HO

DC ADU3000

AZ voltage AZ jack length EL voltage EL jack length POL options
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
No POL MTR
H0
OR
OR
OR
OR
OR
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 VDC
H1
OR
OR
OR
OR
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36

Ballscrew Actuator

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The ATX-3000 Antenna Tracking Controller offers a versatile DC ballscrew actuator for reliable, accurate antenna positioning for DC systems. Integrated encoder and limit switches.

  • Easy-to-install design
  • Rugged steel-tube construction
  • 5-pitch ball screw
  • 1500 lb. capacity
  • Tube and gearbox installed and serviced with simple tools
  • Interchanges with virtually all other actuators in the field today
  • Black E-coated outer tube and plated inner tube for superior corrosion protection
  • Plastic pilot guide prevents metal to metal contact between the tubes
  • Forged steel end-mount design with swivel and built-in standoffs for ½” bolt mounting
  • Easy-to-install split-clamp assembly for ½” bolt mounting
  • Mounting bolt kit included
  • Limit switches with single screw adjustment
  • Water drains and vents throughout for freeze protection
  • Ku- or C-band compatible
  • 24 or 36 VDC permanent magnet motor
  • 5 amps @ 1500 lbs @ 36 VDC
  • Super Sensor for position feedback with integrated limit switches
  • Multiple throw lengths available
  • Multiple configurations available, contact a product representative.

Antenna Drive Units for DC Motors

DC motor jacks provided by SSC in 12 – 48-inch stroke lengths. Built-in encoder feedback. 24/36 VDC motor/integrated limit switches. (DC systems jacks are quoted separately.)

DC System Standard Dimensions

ACU:  1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″

ADU:  1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″

Please inquire about enclosure solutions.

Options

Motors, gear reducers, jack screws, limit switches, emergency-stop switches, umbilical control

Step 1.

Please choose your ACU configuration from the following table.
Example: ACU3000 – D – C3-E0

ACU3000

AC or DC system Feedback POL option
AC system
A
Resolver
C2
No POL
E0
OR OR OR
DC system
D
Encoder
C3
POL Motor Only
E1
OR
Resolver Feedback
E2
OR
Encoder Feedback
E3
OR
POT feedback*
E4

*POT can be used with encoder or resolver sensor.

Step 2.

Please choose your DC ACU configuration from the following table.
Example: ADU3000 – F24-Q36- F24-Q36-HO

DC ADU3000

AZ voltage AZ jack length EL voltage EL jack length POL options
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
No POL MTR
H0
OR
OR
OR
OR
OR
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 VDC
H1
OR
OR
OR
OR
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36

Single-Speed Brushless Resolver

Single Speed Brushless Resolver for the ATX 3000SSC P/N 8614.0001

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The Radeus Labs SSC line of Antenna Control Systems uses a single-speed brushless resolver for accurate position feedback.

Specifications

Frequency 5 kHz
Input Voltage 7.0 Vrms
Input Current 10.9 ma maximum
Rotational Accuracy ±3 arc minutes
Transformation Ratio 0.95:1
Type Control Transmitter
Mechanical
Shaft size .120″ diameter x 0.500″ length
Shaft loading, Radial 2 lbs. maximum
Shaft loading, Axial 1 lb. maximum
Bearing life 2 billion revolutions minimum at maximum shaft load
Starting torque 0.08 oz. in @25° C
Moment of inertia 0.51 x 10^-4 oz-in-sec^2
Weight (not including mounting hardware) 0.25 Lbs
Overall size (not including mounting hardware and cover 1.1″ dia, 1.6″ length
Environmental
Operating temperature -20° C to +125° C
Shock 50 Gs for 11 mSec
Vibration 15 Gs to 2,000 Hz
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